Danforth Center Conversations Series

The quarterly series is organized by members of the Danforth Center Friends Committee and offers individuals the opportunity to learn about the work of the Danforth Center and the partners who help to sustain it. Discussions are focused on topics of both regional and global urgency and feature leading experts in plant science and related disciplines. The program is free and open to the public.

The Friends Committee and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center would like to thank HEC-TV for its broadcasts of the program.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
5:15 pm Conversations Reception in Lower Atrium
6:00 pm Conversations Program in AT&T Auditorium 

Let's Talk About...Missouri Prairies and Native Plants: The Science of Our Natural Landscape

St. Louis was once the home of tall grass prairies, stands of grasses that often grew as tall as a man, or even taller.  The grasses - especially big bluestem, little bluestem, Indian grass and switchgrass - are still common. Tall grass prairies are a unique and complex ecosystem that protects the environment by providing rich soil, assisting healthy crops to thrive and providing thousands of products to our communities.  Prairie grasses are hardy plants.  They tolerate drought and heat; they also have deep roots that store carbon, and copious leaves that can be used for biofuels.    

The prairie grasses are close relatives of the crops corn and sorghum; whatever we learn about one will apply to the others.  Restoring prairies is a high priority at the Shaw Nature Reserve and on the new site at the Danforth Center.   

Please join Scott Woodbury, Curator, Whitmire Wildflower Garden at Shaw Nature Reserve and Elizabeth Kellogg, Ph.D., Member, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, as they discuss the important role that prairie grasses and cereal crops play in agriculture along with the contributions of cutting-edge science and technology.


Seeds of Change 2014

Danforth Leadership Council Presents SEEDS of CHANGE featuring Amory B. Lovins
REINVENTING FIRE: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
7:30 am Coffee and Pastries in the Lower Atrium
8:00 am Presentation by Amory B. Lovins in the AT&T Auditorium

Physicist Amory B. Lovins—ex-Oxford don, honorary architect, Swedish engineering academician—has written 500 papers and 31 books, taught at ten universities, redesigned numerous buildings, vehicles, and factories, and advised industry for 40+ years in 50+ countries. A National Petroleum Council member, he advises the Chief of Naval Operations. He received the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, National Design, and World Technology Awards.Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people; Foreign Policy, one of 100 top global thinkers.


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Scientific Seminars


Wednesday, August 06, 2014 3:45 PM
Weekly Seminar Series
Location: Library
Topic: to be announced
Speaker: Wolfgang Busch, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology


Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:00 AM
Weekly Seminar Series
Location: Library
Speaker: Dr. Steve Rounsley, Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis

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